Kobe Bryant looks for closing touch

Updated: September 29, 2013, 4:19 AM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Mariano Rivera is both inspiration and cautionary tale to Kobe Bryant, an example of overcoming a major injury late in a Hall of Fame career and a reminder that when the end does come it's not always on chosen terms.

Bryant first linked himself to Rivera in 2002, when he donned the Yankees closer's pinstriped No. 42 on his way to the arena for a playoff game. Now it's clear that Kobe is using Rivera's return to All-Star form this season – a year after Rivera ...

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